Millennium Bridge

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Central Platte Valley Metro District

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Denver, CO

Sustainable lighting for an iconic Denver landmark

Denver’s Millennium Bridge, located at the west end of 16th Street Mall and adjacent to Denver Union Station, is an iconic structure for the City and County of Denver. Clanton & Associates worked with the Central Platte Valley Metro District to upgrade the lighting on the Millennium Bridge to improve the visibility and reduce maintenance, energy use, and obtrusive light pollution.

The lighting design included all LED lighting technology with color changing luminaires focused on the mast to provide for dynamic lighting shows. The lighting controls utilized a power-line carrier system, enabling the dynamic lighting controls to communicate over existing power wiring. This system saved significant costs by avoiding installing new conduit and wiring on a bridge that spans the BNSF railroad and minimizing disruption to the daily operations of the railroad during construction.

This lighting renovation reduced energy use by over 70% while improving the bridge's lighting.

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Clanton & Associates has developed street and pedestrian lighting master plans, lighting criteria, tours, pilot demonstrations, surveys, lighting measurements, and lighting research projects. Our extensive experience in creating street lighting master plans and guidelines for cities, assists our clients in making informed decisions regarding street lighting design to plan for the future of smart cities.